Bhopal Gas Survivor organisations demand straight answers on secret transport & disposal of 10MT of Union Carbide waste and endangering the lives and health of residents of Pithampur

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Press Statement                                  August 17, 2015

At a press conference today leaders of five organizations fighting for the rights of the survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal demanded straight answers from concerned ministers on the secret transport & disposal of hazardous waste from the Union Carbide factory.

The organisation charged the Dept of Gas Tragedy Relief & Rehabilitation, Madhya Pradesh government of violating the directions of the Supreme Court regarding the disposal of the waste and endangering the lives and health of neighbourhood residents of Pithampur.

The organisations expressed regret that instead of focusing on the vital task of scientific assessment of the contaminated area around the abandoned factory, the governments at state and center are causing Bhopal like disasters through thoughtless actions.

Rashida Bee, President of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh said “In September 2010, the then state environment minister had objected to the disposal Union Carbide waste at Pithampur on the basis that it would lead to the contamination of the Yashwant Sagar reservoir; the source of drinking water for all of Indore. We want to ask him what is currently being done to protect Indorian’s water from getting contaminated.”

Balkrishna Namdeo, President of Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogee Sangharsh Morcha      demanded to know from Mr. Babulal Gaur, the then minister of Gas Relief, the steps that had been taken to address his serious doubts regarding the capability of Pithampur facility to handle Bhopal waste. In the Group of Ministers meeting held in October 2012, Mr. Gaur was opposed to any decision on test incineration of Bhopal waste in Pithampur as he believed the facility here ranked among the lowest in the country.

Nawab Khan of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha also demanded to know what steps had been taken by the Department of Gas Relief to alert and protect neighbourhood residents and factory workers who were identified as potential victims in the event of incineration as per its own affidavit filed before the Supreme Court in February 2013. 

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Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action expressed apprehension that the directions of the Supreme Court with regard to the ongoing test incineration were being violated. She says that there is nothing to show that the entire operation has been and was being videographed. She expressed particular concern with the absence of monitoring of dioxin and furans that only CPCB expert is capable of who is not on the scene.She pointed out that during the incineration trial runs at Pithampur, people of the area were exposed to dangerous levels of dioxins 6 out of 7 times.

Safreen Khan of Children Against Dow-Carbide pointed out that the disposal of waste at Pithampur was not protecting Bhopalis from Union Carbide’s poisons which are in the soil and ground water. She presented qualitative reports that show the contamination in the ground water has spread much beyond the 22 communities that the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, (IITR) had marked as contaminated in 2012.

Rashida Bi, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh94256 88215 Nawab Khan, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha8718035409 Balkrishna Namdeo,Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha9826345423 Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra, Bhopal Group for Information and Action9826167369 Safreen Khan,Children Against Dow Carbide

 

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भोपाल गैस पीड़ितों ने यूनियन कार्बाइड से जहरीले कचरे को गुपचुप स्थानांतरित एवं निष्पादन और पीथमपुर के निवासियों के जीवन और स्वास्थ्य को खतरे में डालने के लिए मंत्रियों से स्पष्ट जवाब मांगें

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प्रेस विज्ञप्ति                           अगस्त 17 2015

भोपाल में 1984 के यूनियन कार्बाइड हादसे के पीड़ितों के हक़ की लड़ाई लड़ने वाले पांच संगठनों के नेताओ ने आज एक पत्रकार वार्ता में यूनियन कार्बाइड कारखाने से ज़हरीले कचरे को  गुपचुप स्थानांतरित एवं निष्पादन के बारे में सम्बंधित मंत्रियों से स्पष्ट जवाब की मांग की ।

संगठनों ने मध्य प्रदेश सरकार के भोपाल गैस त्रासदी राहत एवं पुनर्वास विभाग पर ज़हरीले कचरे के निष्पादन के सम्बन्ध में सर्वोच्च न्यायालय के आदेश की अवहेलना करने और पीथमपुर के निवासियों के जीवन और स्वास्थ्य को खतरे में डालने का आरोप लगाया ।

संगठनों ने इस बात पर खेद जताया कि  केंद्र तथा राज्य की सरकारें परित्यक्त कारखाने के पास प्रदूषित इलाके के वैज्ञानिक आकलन के जरूरी काम को छोड़ बेमतलब के कामों से भोपाल जैसे अन्य हादसे की स्थिति बना रही है ।

भोपाल गैस पीड़ित महिला स्टेशनरी कर्मचारी संघ की अध्यक्षा रशीदा बी ने कहा, “सितम्बर 2010 तत्कालीन पर्यावरण मंत्री ने पीथमपुर में कार्बाइड के कचरे को जलाने का विरोध इस आधार पर किया था कि इससे यशवंत सागर का पानी प्रदूषित होगा जो सारा इंदौर पीता है । हम उनसे पूछना चाहते हैं  कि इंदौर वालों  के पानी को  प्रदूषण से बचाने के लिए वह  क्या कर रहे हैं ” 

भोपाल गैस पीड़ित निराश्रित पेंशनभोगी संघर्ष मोर्च के अध्यक्ष  बालकृष्ण नामदेव ने तत्कालीन गैस राहत मंत्री श्री बाबूलाल गौर से यह जानने की मांग की कि उन्होंने पीथमपुर संयंत्र के क्षमता के संबंध में जो गंभीर आशंकाऍ  व्यक्त की थीं, उनका समाधान कैसे हुआ ? अक्टूबर 2012 में मंत्रियों के समूह की बैठक में श्री गौर ने पीथमपुर में भोपाल के कचरे का प्रायोगिक निष्पादन का विरोध इस आधार पर किया था कि यह देश के सबसे घटिया संयंत्रों में से एक है

भोपाल गैस पीड़ित महिला पुरुष संघर्ष मोर्चा के नवाब खां ने भी यह जानना चाहा कि पीथमपुर के निवासियों और पड़ोस के कारखाने के मजदूरों को चेताने और बचाव करने के लिए गैस राहत विभाग द्वारा कौनसे कदम उठाए गए ।  इन्हीं लोगों के बारे में इसी विभाग ने सर्वोच्च न्यायालय में 2013 में अपने हलफनामे में यह आशंका जताई थी कि उन्हें इस कचरे के निष्पादन से नुकसान पहुँच सकता है ।

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भोपाल ग्रुप फॉर इनफार्मेशन एंड एक्शन की रचना ढिंगरा ने आशंका जताई कि वर्तमान में जारी निष्पादन के काम में सर्वोच्च न्यायालय के आदेशों की अवहेलना की जा रही है । उन्होंने कहा कि यह स्पष्ट नहीं है कि अब तक तो काम हुआ है और जो हो रहा है उसकी वीडियो रिकॉर्डिंग रखी जा रही है । उन्होंने इस बात पर ख़ास चिंता जाहिर की कि डायोक्सीन और फ्यूरन जैसे खतरनाक रसायनों  पर निगरानी रखने वाले केंद्रीय प्रदूषण नियंत्रण बोर्ड के विशेषज्ञ मौके पर ही मौजूद नहीं है । उन्होंने बताया कि इससे पहले प्रोयोगिक परिक्षण में 7 में से 6 बार पीथमपुर के लोगों को खतरनाक मात्रा में डायोक्सीन लगी थी ।

डाव – कार्बाइड के खिलाफ बच्चे की साफरीन खां ने कहा कि भोपाल का  कचरा पीथमपुर में जलने से भोपालियों का यूनियन कार्बाइड के जहरों से बचाव नहीं हो रहा क्योंकि यह ज़हर तो मिट्टी और भूजल में शामिल है ।  उन्होंने इलाके के गुणात्मक रिपोर्ट प्रस्तुत किए जिससे पता चलता है कि 2012 में इंडियन इंस्टिट्यूट ऑफ़ टॉक्सिकोलॉजी रिसर्च द्वारा चिन्हित 22 बस्तियों से कहीं बड़ा इलाका अब प्रदूषित हो चुका है ।

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LowDOWn – July 2015

Bhopal LowDOWn – July 2015

Brought to you by the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal

In this issue:

1. Press Releases

2. Remembering Daya Varma and Ward Morehouse
 

3. In the News

4. Take Action!
 
5. Call for Coordinating Committee Members (2015-2016) 

6. Support the Bhopal Campaign


1. Press Releases

  • June 5, 2015 – Residents of Water-Contaminated Areas Ask the Government of India “When Will Union Carbide’s Toxic Waste Be Cleaned Up”? Read the Press Release here.
  • May 26, 2015 – Modi Government Completes One Year – Bhopal Gas Victims Have Nothing to Cheer About. Read the Press Release here.

  • March 17, 2015 – Bhopal Gas Victims Condemn Repeated Non-Appearance of the Dow Chemical Company, USA in the Bhopal District Court. Read the Press Release here.
2. Remembering Daya Varma and Ward MorehouseDr. Daya Varma, life-long communist, scientist, activist, dreamer, pharmacologist, professor emeritus at McGill University, Montreal, passed away on March 22 2015. Please join us in honoring the life of Daya Varma, a long-time supporter of Bhopal gas survivors, who carried out much-needed medical research on the impact of the disaster. You can read about his life and legacy by clicking here.

“Daya inspired as much through his knowledge and talents as through his humility and simplicity. A multi-splendored personality who will be sorely missed by many across the world and especially those in Montreal where he lived half a century and left his mark on many institutions of social relevance. A life truly worth celebrating!” – TK Raghunathan

June 30th 2015 marked the third anniversary of the passing of Ward Morehouse. To read aboutWard’s life as a human rights and anti-corporate activis activist please click here.

“Ward was a personal mentor to me, and one of the founders of the modern anti-corporate personhood
movement. 
He was gentle, patient and kind to people, and a fierce and tireless warrior for peace, justice, ecology and democracy. I feel honored to have known him as a colleague, and lucky to have known him as a friend.” – David Cobb 

3. In the News

4. Take Action

  • The year of Modi’s rule, is a year of deliberate laxity by the government towards the criminal American corporations and neglect towards the medical care and economic rehabilitation of the victims. Tweet @narendramodi and don’t forget to use #bhopal30We’ve already composed a sample tweet for you. To send your tweet click here.
  • CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees), Local 3906 at McMaster University Endorses the Bhopal Campaign! For support in getting your union to do the same, contact us at justice@bhopal.net 
  • Support the upcoming documentary, Bhopal 84

In the early eighties Musharraf Ali bought a video camera to film weddings at his hometown of Bhopal in central India. On the night of December 2, 1984, forty-three tons of toxic gases leaked from massive storage chambers within Union Carbide’s Bhopal plant into the surrounding city, killing thousands overnight. Mr. Musharraf fled with his family and neighbors to safety. Two days later he returned to ground zero in Bhopal, moved to record with his ‘wedding camera’ everything he observed in the first days after the disaster. Fearing arrest and confiscation from Indian authorities, he kept the tapes for over twenty years without showing them to anyone. “Bhopal 84” makes this footage public for the first time.

Read more at: http://www.bhopal84.com/

5. Call for Coordinating Committee Members (2015-2016)ICJB North America is looking for Coordinating Committee (CC) members for 2015/2016. As part of the CC, you will be responsible for helping develop the campaign in North America. Below are a list of the positions we are seeking:

  • Fundraising Coordinator
    Key tasks: maintain donor relations, expand ICJB fundraising efforts, send annual donor mailing, hold at least 1 fundraising campaign (online or offline)
    Experience: Fundraising background or similar
    Time commitment: 2-4 hours a week

  • Education Coordinator
    Key tasks: Continue development and execution of the Curriculum Package, Continue to build educational resources
    Experience: Curriculum background an asset, passion for education
    Time commitment: 2-4 hours a week

  • Dow Coordinator
    Key tasks: Plan shareholder protest, Track Dow Chemical in the news
    Experience: Previous experience in corporate accountability campaigns
    Time commitment: 2-4 hours a week

To apply please email justice@bhopal.net with responses to the following:

1) Why are you interested in the position(s)?
2) What skills do you bring to the position(s)?
3) What prior experience do you have with the Bhopal gas disaster and/or ICJB?

6. Support the Bhopal Campaign!

As a campaign that works on corporate accountability, we do not accept corporate funding. The Bhopalis need individual supporters like you to sustain their fight for justice. Remember that while many environmental and human rights organizations support the Bhopalis’ cause, ICJB is the only international organization that is led by the survivors and that fundraises to directly benefit the struggle as envisioned by the survivors. Because of the currency exchange value, even very small recurring amounts make a huge difference! Make a tax-deductible donation (in the U.S.) here.
 

  • Volunteer (e-mail justice@bhopal.net for more information)
    Bhopal.net needs your help! We’re looking for volunteers to help organize old posts so the site is more accessible. All you’ll need is a computer and a steady internet connection. Can you spare just one or two hours a week to help out?

  • Join our Facebook Group Here and Visit our Page Here

  • Follow us on Twitter Here.

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Taipan Releases New Music Video: White Fog of Bhopal

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Taipan Releases New Music Video “Bhopal,”

Worst Gas Tragedy In History:

International thrash band tells the hidden truth.

Taipan’s new music video, “White Fog of Bhopal” is a powerful song about the Bhopal Gas Tragedy in India, 1984. On December 3rd at 1am, poisonous gas vapors burst from the Union Carbide pesticide plant, owned by Dow Chemical. The white fog crawled through the city and killed thousands while they slept. More than 23,000 men, women and children died and over 300,000 people have suffered injuries and slow deaths over the years from the incident. The chemicals have soaked into the ground and made the drinking water and soil toxic. Thirty years later, the residents of Bhopal, India are still suffering and living with generations of birth defects, blindness and mental anguish.

Taipan’s video for “White Fog of Bhopal” is an animated music video mixed with live studio appearances by Aaron Rossi, Chris Poland, Tony Campos, Zak Kupcha and Michael Black. Poland, the x Megadeth guitarist contributes to the song with haunting solos, adding a creeping ambiance lacking in modern thrash metal. Aaron Rossi crushes the drums and Michael Black’s vocals are both aggressive and powerful, reminiscent of the darkness and pain looming over Bhopal for the past thirty years.

“This video will shock and educate the metal world, possibly the entire world. Taipan is honored to use their influence and talented members to bring this prolonged crisis to the forefront of the metal world”, -Michael Black

“White Fog of Bhopal” is endorsed by The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal. The nonprofit will use the video to protest the tragedy and honor the thirty-year anniversary of one of the worst chemical leaks in history.

“White Fog of Bhopal” video was directed by Circulation Media and co-produced by Underground Dead World Productions in Puerto Rico and the U.S. label, Dead Sea Records. “White Fog of Bhopal” is featured on Taipan’s upcoming album, due to be released August 31st, 2015, and is produced by Logan Mader (Butcher Babies, Soulfly, Five Finger Death Punch, Black Oil, Devil Driver), who serves as guest producer on four songs for the upcoming album.

They say knowledge is power, but Taipan’s video “White Fog of Bhopal” will be even more powerful.

The video can be seen here:

For more information about Taipan and their upcoming album release see: www.taipanofficial.com

For Press Echo Eyes Entertainment information@echoeyes.com

Taipan Members

TAIPAN From L to R: Drew Petropoulos, Cory Llewelyn, Zak Kupcha, Michael Black, Aaron Rossi

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“White For of Bhopal” music video due out August 1st, 2015

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The Hindu: Editorial – “A question of justice”

From: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-a-question-of-justice/article7389380.ece

“The record settlement of $18.7 billion that the oil company BP has arrived at in the Deepwater Horizon environmental disaster case in the United States has naturally revived the debate on the denial of justice to the victims of a far bigger catastrophe — the Bhopal gas leak. As industrial accidents go, the blowout in BP’s well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 was staggering, killing 11 people and spectacularly devastating an already stressed marine ecosystem with millions of barrels of oil. Five State governments and the federal government of the U.S. have been vigorously pursuing penalties and compensation claims with the company, resulting in the settlement. Yet, the impact of the oil spill pales in comparison with the magnitude of what happened at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal in 1984.

Continue reading The Hindu: Editorial – “A question of justice”

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